Fan Vijay deSelby-Bowen (b.Velma J. Bowen) died on October 18 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Vijay entered fandom in 1982 and was the 1999 TAFF delegate, following in the footsteps of her cousin, Elliott Shorter. She served as secretary of the Lunarians and helped run Lunacon. She eventually moved to Seattle with her long-time companion Soren “Scraps” deSelby.
Travers Milo, who won the Canadian Unity Fan Fund (CUFF) in an unopposed race, was unable to attend VCon as part of his CUFF duties, has now resigned as fund administrator, citing previous volunteer and personal commitments. Former CUFF winner Debra Yeung has agreed to pick up the administrator duties until a new successor can be selected.
Game Designer Brianna Wu and her husband, Frank, were forced out of their home after Brianna received death threats over twitter which also revealed the couple’s home address. Police worked with the Wus to get them to a safe space, calling the threats credible, and Twitter shut down the offending account. Wu is believed to have been targeted because of comments she has made about misogyny rampant in the gaming community. Frank has written that they are currently okay, but suggests that anyone who wants to help can do so “by contributing to her friends’ legal fund.”
Canadian fan Ann Methe died on October 5 following a battle with cancer. Methe was a Canadian con-runner who chaired Con*Cept Boreal in 1998 and won the Aurora Award for fannish achievement in 1999, as well as being nominated for the award in 1998 and 2000. She was married to artist Jean-Pierre Normand.
Fan Randy Brunk (b.1955) committed suicide on September 23. Brunk served as President of the University of Maryland Science Fiction Society in the late 1970s and later was a member of the Potomac River Science Fiction Society, although his fanac waxed and waned over the years. He was an avid Gene Wolfe fan.
Ron Zukowski, the co-Chair of ConFederation, received the Hank Reinhardt Award at Dragoncon. The Hank Reinhardt Award was founded in 1990 as the Georgia Fandom Award and is given to a Georgia fan who has contributed to the genre. Following Reinhardt’s death, the award was renamed in his honor.
Gary McGath has announced that he is crowdsourcing the book Tomorrow’s Songs Today: The History of Filk Music. When the work is complete it will be published as an e-book tracing the history of filk from early conventions to the present day. McGath expects the book will be published by the end of this year, but is looking for financial assistance to make it happen.
Canadian fan R. Graeme Cameron, who founded the Canadian Fanzine Fanac Society and began to present the Faned Awards for Canadian fanzines, has announced that he will accept votes from around the world instead of just Canada this year. According to Cameron, only 19 people voted last year, and since many LOCs and contributions to Canadian fanzines originate in other countries, it is clear that interest in Canadian fanzines is international.
Only weeks after concerns were raised that the Eaton Collection at University of California-Riverside was undergoing changes which would decrease their holdings and limit the use of the collection, Special Collections Director Melissa Conway announced that science fiction photographer Jay Kay Klein bequeathed $3.5 million to the collection. Eaton had previously acquired Klein’s photography archives, which span seven decades from the 1940s to the 2010s.
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Costumer Preston Saul (b.1947) died on August 22 due to complications from diabetes. Saul was a regular attendee of Lunacon and Costume-Con.